Not ready to start an LLC? Learn the basics.
This is the first and most important step in starting your LLC. Do some research to make sure the name you choose is suited to your business venture and is easily searchable for potential clients.
You must nominate a Registered Agent for your Michigan LLC
What is a Registered Agent? A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf including annual state filings.
Who can be a Registered Agent? The registered agent must be a resident of Michigan or a corporation authorized to transact business in Michigan. You may elect an individual within the company including yourself.
Click here to find out why you may want to use a registered agent service.
Recommended: This registered agent service provides a great package.
How to register your LLC with the State
File the Articles of Organization for a Domestic LLC.
Download the PDF: Articles of Organization - Domestic Michigan LLC
Fee: Nonrefundable $50, payable to the State of Michigan. INCLUDE the LLC company name in the MEMO SECTION on the check or money order.
Follow the instructions on the PDF.
Important: If you're expanding your existing LLC to Michigan you are forming a Foreign LLC. Learn how.
What is an Operating Agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of your LLC. This agreement allows you to form financial/working relationships with co-owners into an established system suitable to your business. It is not required to form an LLC in Michigan, but is good practice to have one.
Recommended: We provide a free operating agreement however we recommend getting one professional drafted by a lawyer, especially if you are starting a multi-member LLC.
Need help forming your LLC or creating custom legal documents? Get help from a Michigan Lawyer.
What is an EIN? The Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. It is essentially a social security number for the company.
Why do I need an EIN? An EIN is required for the following:
Where do I get an EIN? An EIN is obtained from the IRS (free of charge) by the business owner after they form their business. This can be done by one of two ways:
Do I need to register for State taxes? You will need to register for State taxes if:
Michigan also has a great FAQ Page that will address any questions you have about registering for taxes as a new business.
If you will have employees, you'll want to look at LARA's guide for employers.
Do I need business licenses & permits and how do I obtain them?
To operate your LLC you must comply with federal, state, and local government regulations. For example, restaurants likely need health permits, building permits, signage permits, etc.
Find out what types of special licensing you need by doing the following:
The details of business licenses and permits vary from state to state. Make sure you read carefully. Don't be surprised if there are short classes required as well.
Fees for business licenses and permits will vary depending on what sort of license you are seeking to obtain.
Once a business decides to hire employees, they are obligated to adhere to certain legal requirements, such as:
Learn more about hiring employees for your small business.
What is Workers Compensation Insurance? This form of insurance is required for most businesses with employees, but varies by State. Click here to learn more.
What is General Liability Insurance? This is an important service, but is not required in most States. Click here to learn why.
How much will the right insurance cost you? Click here to find out.
As a new business you may be overwhelmed with all the items and services you'll need to buy to get started. Below is a brief list of some trusted companies that you can use to get your feet off the ground.
TRUIC created a complete guide for you to build your business once you've gotten all the paperwork out of the way. Get practical suggestions you can implement in order to improve marketing, sales, business administration and operations. Start here.